The deadline for Permanent voters cards PVC collection across the country has been extended by Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.
The collection of PVC which was scheduled to end today is now extended to Monday, February 11.
Chairman of INEC, Yakubu Mahmoud who made this known at the opening of a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners REC in Abuja on Friday, said the decision was as a result of complaints received by the agency.
As stated by him, the deadline is to ensure no eligible Nigerian is disfranchised because of their inability to collect their PVCs, and it is expected that INEC officials will work on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm during the exercise.
He speaks on the PVC collection deadline extended time;
INEC extends deadline for collection of PVCs from Friday 8th February to Monday 11th February 2019. This will include Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm. INEC Chair, Prof Mahmood Yakubu made the announcement at today’s meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners
In the last couple of days, we have been inundated by calls, from Nigerians to review the current process of collection of Permanent Voters Cards. I response, the Commission has taken the following decisions; The collection of PVCs will now take place from 9am to 6pm daily. All State offices are hereby directed to review the procedure for the collection of PVCs and dedicate all the staff of the Local Government offices to the collection process.
Staff are enjoined to be civil in attending to citizens and to escalate issues that they cannot immediately resolve to their superiors. The Commission wishes to reassure Nigerians that we will continue to take every necessary step to ensure that no registered voter is disenfranchised on account of non-collection of PVCs.
Similarly, the Commission is taking urgent steps to address complaints of unavailability of the PVCs of some registered voters before the end the deadline for the collection. We wish to reiterate that after the deadline of Monday 11th February 2019, all uncollected PVCs will be recalled and deposited with the CBN for safe-keeping until after the General Elections when the collection of cards and the continuous registration of voters will resume.